Events for Saturday 7th January 2012
On This Day in History
Montgomery claims credit for victory in the Battle of the Bulge7th January 1945
The Battle of the Bulge was a major German offensive launched toward the end of WWII. Near-complete surprise against a weakly-defended section of the Allied line was achieved during heavy overcast weather, which grounded the Allies' overwhelmingly superior air forces. Fierce resistance, particularly around the key town of Bastogne, and terrain favoring the defenders threw the German timetable behind schedule. Allied reinforcements, including General George Patton's Third Army, and improving weather conditions, which permitted air attacks on German forces and supply lines, sealed the failure of the offensive. In the wake of the defeat, many experienced German units were left severely depleted of men and equipment as survivors retreated to the defenses of the Siegfried Line. For the Americans, with over 500,000 committed and some 70,000 to 89,000 casualties, the Battle of the Bulge was the single largest and bloodiest battle that they fought in World War II.
Further ReadingA Tour Of The Bulge Battlefield
(Paperback - 256 pages)
by William Cavanagh
For Hitler's Germany the Bulge counter-attack was a desperate gamble and one that very nearly came off. This battle still holds the record for the highest number of American troops engaged in any single pitched battle in the history of the United States Army. The author expertly describes the intense… Read more...Only £14.99 at Pen & Sword Books.